It is a bit early but it is too late to do stuff in May.
Fred, why is it too late? , there are still 11 days left to the Month. It seems the older i get, the earlier i get up to get stuff done before the big dirt nap.
No it isn't...
Worked on my Magneto today...Got the flywheel up onto the bench and went round it with a compass to find the north and south poles on the magnets. I borrowed white nail polish from Jodi to mark all the north poles on the magnets, so I'd know how to reinstall them after I re-magnetize them.
I then started removing all those damn brass screws. First I ground off the back side of them and then used a screw driver and wrench to muscle them out. The two that were missing their heads I used an parallel jaw pliers.
Next loosened all the bolts and removed them and put them and their washers along with the spools in the basket for a good dip in the "Soup". The soup is specially spiked version of common parts dip. My special formula has all sorts of things in it that would give the EPA in Califunny conniption fits.
After I got all the hardware off the magnets, I cleaned them, smacked them to make sure there were no cracked ones and then put them into an old "Little Cesars" pizza box to store them, whilst I build my re-magnetizing jig...which of course is my next project.
Ordered parts for 26 p/u today. Carb kit, spring shackles an bushings, stArter drive cover gaskets,and screws to hold it in place,rear radius rod bolt set,emergency Brake floor trim and mat for the floor, petcock for the radiator etc. That will all I get done for a few weeks. It's my busy season at work.Langs seems to be a good deal and nice people on the phone. Tim
Tried to get Annabel, a 1923 non starter touring started. This after new rods, rings, pistons and valves last year. Tried hand cranking, hot shot battery and spinning the rear wheel. No go as a rebuilt coil gave up the ghost. Did get couple of put puts while hand cranking. Sherm Weatherbee stopped by to help and discuss. Owner is disappointed but any day working on a t is a fun day!
Restored this for a good ol' boy in North Carolina:
Got almost nothing done today. Yesterday was suddenly hit with an attack of plantar fasciitis caused by wearing old worn-out shoes as I was going to weed-eat the yard (and weed-eating is torture on shoes, pants, shirt and person). It's getting better, but first rule is "stay OFF the foot!" So, lots of surfing, some paperworking, but no fixin' fun! augh!! Gotta get better by Sunday--Auburn Swap meet!!
Wow RV, that coil box is a work of art!
Attached photo from yesterday, Arthur, Sherm and a Non-cooperating Annabel.
As for myself I picked up today a re-wooded runabout body. Still needs some metal work but will be way ahead instead of redoing the one on the car now.
Hopefully won't need the trash bin!
Long warm day today,got a lot done. Added filter screen to sediment bulb,a little painting,added oil and gas,mounted and torqued radius rod,mounted horn,rewired horn switch,cleaned exterior of radiator/straightened fins and installed,charged battery,Got started and adjusted carb,
IT"S ALIVE !!!! After 9 months fiddling.
I machined the flange of a used triple gear bush, drilled it out to 47/64" and pressed it into the lower steering bracket for my roadster. Then I reamed it to size and cleaned up the shaft ready to install.
Allan from down under.
I helped solve a problem with new repro rear brake shoes :-) (see my post)
I have removed the water pump and fan belt from my '23 touring. After first boil out to adjust level in radiator the temp. has been a shade under 200 degrees F.
Two of the days were high 80's and high humidity, approx. 40 miles so far with no problem
Congratulations Derrick, George, and Martin! Nothing like the sound of a newly rebuilt T coming to life and nothing like the sight and smell of fresh paint burning in as the engine heats up!
Finished some essential, and some cosmetic enhancements. For example;
Installed a beautiful coil box and set of coils from RV Anderson and a rebuilt speedometer from Russ Furstnow
For essentials, I added a Stromberg OF from Stan Howe
Added walnut door garnish just like what was sold 100 years ago as add on bling.
and finally, I replaced my cracked steering wheel with a walnut wheel from Stutzmans'.
Now I can finally get out on the road.
Michael, you have done really well. A nice finishing touch to Stan's OF would be a revised choke wire. If you make a right angled bend about 3/4"from the end and then a second bend to bring the wire back into the same line, like a shallow Z, the wire will stay in place better, and you will be able to put a bend further forward so the wire does not rub on Stan's brasswork.
Hope this helps.
Allan from down under.
Great point. I will do that today. Thanks.
I see you are in SA (Adelaide?). I lived in Port Melbourne for a couple of years. Great Country!
Wet sanded my headlight buckets while waiting for the little parts needed to fully restore them.
Spent time last night and a little this morning explaining to my wife why I need to drive almost 8 hours round trip and be gone the entire day tomorrow to go to the Homecoming... it's a hard sell considering we have a 7 week old daughter at home.
Took the Centerdoor out to "stretch her legs" as we're headed out for a tour with the Kitsap Peninsula Model T Club tomorrow - been parked for too long during the "Big Move" !
I really wanted to be in that tour too Steve, but I have to teach a model T class at Lemay, how's that for irony!
It never rains but it pours... My axle was damaged on the Kingman tour and when I arrived home two local T owners wanted me to work on their back axles. This one of the during disassembly, my oh my, they are messy.
Lol Tony - in all of my experience with cars I have never encountered anything as messy and nasty as a Model T read end. When I rebuilt mine I ended up covered in it. The only thing clean and not covered in oily greasy nastiness were the whites of my eyes and my teeth.
I balanced my roadster transmission drums and got them pressed together. I had an excellent heavy reverse drum but on the balance edges it showed to be well out of balance. Rather than grind away to lighten the heavy side, I cleaned, tinned and added solder to the light side. Had to add to both sides of the web and add a little a bit further around before it was right.
The first gear drum was easier, not so out of balance and easier to clean, tin and solder.
I am using a narrowed down 26-7 brake drum on this set. It was easy to grind into balance once I had rotated the output shaft to the best position.
Now I need to get into a flywheel!
Allan from down under.
Much like Steve Tomaso I took my T out in preparation for the same tour.
Three of four valve stems were leaning over pretty bad so I straightened them.
I let the air out to 10 PSI then I drove very slow until the stem was straight.
Then I aired them back up to 60 PSI.
When I took the T out for a shake down the right font wheel and tire were dancing severely.
I jacked it up and let the air out completely.
Using a dead blow hammer I went around the bead on both sides.
Put air back in and it was fine.
After I straightened the valve stems I aired the tires back up with the weight on the car.
The bead must not have re-seated correctly causing an out of balance condition.
The shaking was more than the Dyne-Beads could compensate for.
All is well now.
See you on the tour Steve.
Bob - Beautiful photo. Looks like a cover for Vintage Ford.
Yesterday, I taught my husband how to disassemble the right rear axle. Uh oh he's getting interested in T's. Saw some suspicious details on some parts so set them aside. Then finished painting the 2 spare rims and wiped and scrubbed the linseed oil off the new wheels - was out in the garage til 2:00 am.
Today I put the first coat of black on the wood wheels. It was very sad to see the beautiful hickory disappear under the black paint Stopped by Tin Shed to ask Larry about my parts and spend an enjoyable lunch swapping stories. Left feeling much more confident about putting the axle back together. But when I got home I double checked the end-play which I had previously found OK but I discovered the parking brake was on! Let it off and found the end-play was really about 3/8" :0
Darn!! Trying to figure out if it can be rebuilt in time for Montana.
Last month I rebuilt the coilbox after I lost power while on a run. Installed again, I took it out last weekend,
only to discover the problem was still there. Ran smooth enough at idle or on flat ground in low, but any load
or trying to get it going in high caused sputtering and stumbling. Limped it home and noticed gasoline chuffing
out of the carb as if the vacuum was reversed. Pulled the plugs for a compression check and discovered No.3
plug was smashed. I decided to skip the compression check and just pull the head. No.3 exhaust valve was
no longer present ! Pulled a spare from my pile, lapped the faces, and put everything back together. Ran like
Took it to work yesterday and found the brake pedal was getting too close to the floor, so after taking it to work
again today, I adjusted the bands and got everything nicely dialed in. Oiled the door hinges and wiped down the
interior of the winter's accumulated dust in the shop.
Getting ready to ship this 1927 to Calgary Canada.
Andria, I have to say I admire you. How cool is it that the wife is the primary T enthusiast, working on the cars, and now she's getting HIM interested! Sure wish I had that success on this end! Oh well, at least my wife takes an occasional ride with me. We had a real nice one two nights ago. Perfect evening weather. Stayed out til dark. Keep at him!
Tim - my husband likes working on cars he helps me and often teaches me things (he taught me how to make gaskets with sheet gasket material. And he's got bigger muscles). But his preference is...go fast cars...hot rods. I'm trying to slow him down. Haha.
I have to be careful to not be gone from home for too long for fear of returning and finding Henry or Henrietta chopped and turned into a hot rod. EEEEEKK
Now THAT would be grounds for divorce!!! And probably other mayhem too! No right-thinking Judge would convict you!
Cleaned points on all coil. And filed. Cleaned commutator.
Runs better but seams like commutator is binding ???
Rod flexes when trying to change timing?
Any idea why ?
26 RD pickup.
My 1st T so I need guidence please
My husband was still in full help me mode trying to get me ready for the Huntington Beach Concours (and Montana) so I benefited from his assistance all day. He even volunteered to do the messy job! He is such a great guy
We mounted all 4 new tires on the new wheels - they're beautiful! Peened all the spoke bolts. Went to tighten one and barely turned it when all the threads literally popped off. So had to borrow one from one of the old wheels.
Got all the wheels on the car. Took the car out for a run around the neighborhood.
The new gas tank was a success because the throttle acceleration/deceleration was much smoother and the stuttering was gone. When I returned we found the right rear axle was hot, hot, hot over 140 degrees. We pulled the right rear again and found the brake caliper was rubbing the drum both at the outer edge and the shoe on the drum side. The right rear back plate sat fully inside the drum causing the edge drag. Also the brake was not fully closing with the lever forward so we adjusted the clevis. Put in 3 shims to try to pull it out. Maybe should have tried 2 first because...
Went for another turn around the block and ....lost the rear end.
Trailered home and ...wheel off AGAIN... removed a shim and clunking stopped but won't be at the Concours tomorrow
Started the rebuild of an other coil ring today.
It will keep me busy for a few day.
Andria, did you mean 3 shims to space the wheel outwards on the axle, away from the backing plate? If so, I would recommend removing them and fitting just one thicker shim. The more surfaces you have working on one another, the greater will be the liklihood that things will loosen up.
Hope this helps.
Allan from down under.
We took our Granddaughter and others to breakfast. Yesterday we gave rides to a couple dozen of her cousins in the '09. The Bus worked better today. It's nice to have extra seats but the T's are just as fun.
Moved runabout body to back of the garage now I can take the t out anytime without emptying the garage. Stopped by a car show next town over earlier today, if I would have bought my car over would have been the only model t and the oldest car!
Since we finally had a Sunday with sociable weather I took the '19 to both churches today.
It's always good for a comment or three.......
Mounted new universal t-driver tires for Arthur on Kelsey rims yesterday. One hour to do the first one in the shade, an hour to do the next two in the sun and a hour to fight the last tire on. Mr. Sunshine is the best helper!
Today I finished fitting the crankshaft, cut the oil grooves in the babbitt, bored the Cylinders 20 over. Tomorrow Hone cylinders to fit pistons,& work on fitting new valves. I might just have this car ready for the 4 of July parade yet.
Spent the afternoon aligning the brake bands on my Rocky Mountain Brakes. The originals are much different than what is currently available.
Yesterday evening I took Pete the '12 to the Friday night car show north of us. It's a nice relaxing atmosphere, tons of people stopped by Pete to gaze and ask questions. More so than any of the "modern" cars. Tons of pictures. Last week he got a "sponsor's pick" plaque, this week he won me $50 so all is good! Drove home at dusk with all the gas/kerosene lamps blazing away. Lots of lookers and smiles over that. Today Pete gets to go on a nice tour that our club is doing after a club picnic.
Drove my neighbor's kids to their prom
My daughter surprised me with her and my grandkids stopping by and making me Fathers Day breakfast, damn the bacon was good.
Then we fired up the barn fresh 1912 and took her and the midgets out for a spin. After they left, I went down to the barn and rooted out some T goodies I plan to list on Tbay, after I let everyone here know 1st. This will include a 1915 RHD hogs head with ribbed pedals and a Morton and Brett boat tail speedster body, plus some other goodies to be decided later.
All in all it was a grand fathers day with daughter and the midgets plus the old reliable '12 touring.
Already looking forward to next year,
Cut some pieces of wood for the shortened two cylinder coil box. Only took three tries, LOL. After that I removed all the bolts one by one and installed anti-seize on them. They are all stainless and I had issues with a couple galling the bolts and nuts together on the pan.
Went for a ride in the T. Then a model A ride to my dad's. That was the day. Will have to change the bendix on the 26 this week. Tim
Went to town for groceries and took a picture.
The younger boy asked for a picture of the car, so I had him and his sister sit in in while their mom took a picture, then I had the whole family pose for this shot.
Recently I found that the passenger end of my front axle has a "wallered out" hole, allowing the threaded end of the spindle bolt to move about. So today I went out to the barn and found a good replacement axle, removed the spindles, bolts, and other hardware, and squirted the perches to soak in 50/50. If I can get those perches out tomorrow, I should have the axle blasted, painted, and installed within a week.
What I did today???
I built myself a magnet recharger. I got some nice pictures from Royce Peterson and the Ron the Coil Man on how to do it and decided to give it a whirl.
Mine may not be as pretty as everybody else's is, but it worked just fine.
First I bought 10 feet of stranded 12 gauge wire, some duct tape and a couple of brass wood screws. I cut some mandrels out of a piece of 3/4 schedule 40 water pipe, just to shape the wire. Then wrapped the coils with duct tape to hold the shape. I used my dental floss as ties for the coils also.
As a power source I used a very old battery charger, that had a boost setting of 30 amps. I hooked up the positive connection to the left side and used the negative connector to tap the right post 5 or 6 times.
I placed a magnet into my coils, zapped it once and it got sucked in like picture 4, then hit 5 or 6 more times.
After it was recharged, I marked it with another white dot.
I tested every magnet after I charged them, they all lift about 4 lbs, so I think I'm good to go on reassembling my magneto.
This wrench is what I use on my exhaust packing nut and it weighs about 4.2-4.5 lbs (couldn't really see the exact number, but it's over 4 lbs at about half way or so.
Finished a tool roll for the TT. It isn't made to any particular specs but it will fit in the under-seat tool box nicely.
No luck removing perches, so they got another day of soaking with 50/50 while I got started cleaning out the east room of my shop building. If they won't move tomorrow I guess it's time for serious heat.
Rebuilt the steering box in my 1927 and man what a difference!
Wow - nice nail polish color there, Martin !
Replaced the timer with a new one and got the old one turned smooth and will keep it as a spare.
Now 84. Might celebrate a bit.
Went on a field trip to see this:
Learned a LOT.
Thank you Scot!
: ^ )
Today I haven't done anything on the Model T, but I had to take my daughter for her two month vaccinations. Hardest thing I've had to do for a long time.
Yesterday I sprayed the right front fender black. Looks pretty good even before color sanding / buffing. If I didn't have one stupid run on the very front edge of the fender I'd be tempted to polish it and move it but no dice. Oh well... I like color sanding now that I know how to do it better.
Scot in P.A., Keith ?
My helpers are getting the T ready for the Finger Lakes tour.
Valve Job. Three angle
Dean, sure does do a nice job with those cutter,I rigged an ac vac pump to check for seal.
I posted this on another thread but today I pulled the lower inspection plate to confirm what I already knew.
You do not want to hear the noise that happens when you become a member of the 2 piece crank club.
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Restored a set of early Heinze coils for a Ford Model R. They are a certainly a different animal.
Installed some new brake shoes, fit was just off a bit at the pivot bolt. The original bolt was a tight fit in that 1/2" hole, and held the rear of the shoe tight to the backing plate.
The front of the shoe then was angled out a bit. Needed to get the shoe back flush to the backing plate, which it would without that pivot bolt. Knew then the backing plate and shoe were straight to each other, but the pivot bolt hole needed some tweaking.
So reamed the hole slightly larger in diameter, and then the bolt fit just loose enough to give some lateral slack. That allowed the shoe to return to a flat position against the backing plate.
Some handy garage red grease added at the bearing points.
Today I successfully transferred the title on my '26 roadster pickup , registered it and obtained historic plates for it. This occurred in the great state of New Jersey, long known as the hub of bureaucratic garbage and unfriendly unhelpful and downright hostile DMV operations. I have to say though, that the folks I encountered at the Medford office were, helpful, kind, and couretous . They were interested in the truck and what I was doing with it and even asked if I might stop by with it . The whole process took only about 15 minutes and I was on my way with a new title , registration and plates. I guess it proves miracles can and do happen. Bob Deats
Took rear axle apart, had bronze thrust washers, and axles with less than a thou of wear. Axle gears are less than a thou wear. Just need pins and the drive shaft is shot. The spiders and gears are perfect and I had a great ring and pinion as replacement the one in the car had a few chips. Guess who ever was in there before overlooked the ring and pinion. Need to clean up hyatts but with new sleeves and super axles the bearings should be fine as long as the cages are tight.
Just mocking this up to see what it's like. '28 Chevy Head. I know some of you will find it interesting at least.
Been working on the tack strips and hood bows... getting closer to the new top, seat upholstery and panels
Went over to Derrick Pangs garage to do a few little touch ups and follow him to DMV to get his car Registered. Car ran well,no issues,added five more gals gas to tank,replaced bolts on battery terminals. Drove over to DMV for inspection, passed, no real issues with engine number for VIN. Inspector liked the car,oldest she had delt with, even had her pic taken sitting in the car. Derrick is eatin' this stuff up. Got his new tags,then went to grab a samwhich (lol). Back to his house and installed an inline fuse. Derrick is getting the hang of this Ol' Jalopy Driving.
Here are a couple pictures of my current progress. Passenger side front fender, running board, splash shield in place and bolted up. Still working on the drivers side fender. It's looking reasonably good for a car being built (and painted!) in a dirt floor barn.
Not aiming for the Stynoski, just a sharp, mechanically strong driver. My budget was spent in the motor, the chassis / suspension rebuild , and in a new radiator.
Rebuilt the water pump on #904 last weekend using asbestos string and water pump grease.
Royce , Where does one find some asbestos string ?? Is it really made of Asbestos ??
Yes it is. A friend of mine has some that we used to repair this water pump. I have a can of water pump grease. All this stuff is from back in the day. I don't know where you would buy any today.
When using asbestos string you want to saturate it in grease before cutting it to length. You cut through the greasy part so that you don't create any airborne particles of asbestos which are very dangerous.
It's on the trailer and we are about to leave for the San Diego County Fair at Del Mar where we will play games with antique cars in the horse arena. We call it the "horseless rodeo"
If my wife gets pictures, I will post later. She carries the camera, so I never know what pictures she will take. We once visited some possible relatives in Germany. She got a picture of their clock!
I just delivered a pair of my custard pies for our church steak fry in the '19 Touring.
Killing two birds with one stone I also stopped at my local gas station and filled three containers for my Mom.
Upon rolling into the station I, immediately, got a big thumbs up.......
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I did get my starter replaced and put a new bendix and new front starter gasket and bendix cover gasket and screws from langs on the 26 rpu. Small problem resolved. Also bought a $15.00 box of model t parts at the flea market this morning. It had a really old beat up moto meter in it. The meter has a broken glass but it works.. I will order the new glass and screws and replace the glass. I won't get anything else done this month, I have to work the next 10 days straight. Tim
Got alot done got the hogs head changed out, mounted the radiator, got the dash on the speedster redo after my coil box clearance issue mod to the hand brake almost done
Not sure how I got all this done with working 60+hour weeks
I painted my 26 Tudor's springs with graphite.
Actually I sprayed them yesterday. My barber once told me if you painted on Sunday the paint won't stick so why risk it?
I picked up my new trailer, big enough for 2 Model Ts with the top up.
Now back to the garage to get my T running for the Finger Lakes tour.
RE: asbestos string and waterpump grease
I run across graphite impregnated asbestos packing all the time at estate sales. It comes in different diameters and is mainly used for faucet stem packing. Not sure if it could be used with an automobile water pump due to the graphite.
Also, asbestos packing with or without graphite can be found on eBay:
it may be possible to purchase asbestos packing at a plumbing supply shop or old fashioned hardware store that has still has old, unused inventory.
Water pump grease is still available, at least online.
Example of packing that I have picked up at estate sales:
I put new plugs in 26, installed new carb adjusting rod and all parts that were missing when I got it. The coat hanger choke rod was a nice touch but not so convenient to reach on the floor. Waiting on manifold . I found a motor with one on it but I haven't seen it yet. Trying to buy complete motor. Not sure of condition , I know the head is off but hogshead is there to.
What should a guy pay for something like this? Anything I should look for when I go to see it? I know how to check # for year. Also I got all coils cleaned and adjusted last week.
Driving home 8 Model T's from car show in Albia, Iowa. 15 miles one way so a nice run to mix fresh gas with old. Got $40 back in the drawing so that helped with my $120 entry fee.
Sounds neat Michael, any pictures?
I never learned how to put pictures on here. I never take any pictures. My wife does that. I will see if my daughter can put them on here when she gets home. Got four home so far. It's tough getting someone to make 30 mile round trips if that is all they do. One daughter has play practice at 6:30 so I will ride in and bring home one more.
Erik Johnson >>> I run across graphite impregnated asbestos packing all the time. Not sure if it could be used with an automobile water pump due to the graphite.
Graphited square braid packing is STILL the gold standard for irrigation pumps and I expect it always will be.
The packing in the photo is 1/8" diameter but I believe twisted asbestos (strings), not braided. I took that photo a while ago and had posted on an old thread regarding water pumps.
I believe I also have larger diameter packing that is braided but I'd had to take a look to make sure.
In any event, I do run across both styles often when rummaging through basements and garages at estate sales. Perhaps I should start picking up more of it for resale.
Took my '27 touring on a 25-mile out and back trip to Sudbury, MA Sattiday. The old girl ran well and stayed cool even when stuck in traffic in Framingham, MA.
Finally pushed the chassis into the garage to perform some evil debauchery!
Dropped off a straightened T oil pan at the powder coaters. It really holds up on my A model pan and engine e pans. It's as shinny as the day it was done just wipe it off and drive it stays very clean. Tim
Cab on, getting a little closer. Devil in details now.
I like it Tim. We are putting a closed cab on a car chassis
Tim, interesting color scheme! Is that a Livingood 4wd setup I see underneath?
Chris, My girls chose the color so they are engaged in the build sort of.they did not go for black. They did learn to sort of drive it before we tore it apart, so they think the old tt is cool. Yours should be fun on a t chassis. Neat look. TS
Mark, yes livingood. Been a little messy getting the gearing cleaned up but it is right. 5.17 front and rear. Still need to clean up a lot of little things but did drive it yesterday without cab. 2 and 4 wheel drive seems to all behave. Been fun. Still trying to find pix of an older tt 4x4 but have not seen one yet. TS
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Got my new head gasket with full fire ring installed and car all back together. Used old two-piece valve heads flush with deck to create lots of flat surface for head to squeeze gasket. Hopefully no blow out this time. Trying to decide how I want to hold down half hood.
Made a little video - I forget how loud it is with the dual intakes/exhaust and overhead. Hopefully if there's no rain tomorrow I'll make one of me driving and show just little bit of how absurdly fast this car is now.
Mark, under a tt is what I have not seen. I am told he did a few but they are a bit more challenging than going in the t chassis. Those pictures are all under a t chassis. That are a neat accessory either way. Fun to look at them anyway. TS
Seth, you have a nice project going. Fun to watch it come around. Yes a little noisy but maybe what it should sound like with your goal. TS
Thanks Tim! She's no sleeper that's for sure. But before the big conversion to this head and dual intakes she sounded like a regular T when I had the big exhaust flap closed. Lol now, she's louder with it closed than when it was open before.
I'm really excited about my fenders. It's looking like the stars will line up and I'll finally be able to get them brass plated next month. I think the car will look wicked.
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Yesterday actually (6/29) between running some errands, I finally got the '15 runabout's pan painted! That was after the day before that doing the final straightening, and a couple days after the final brazing and other repairs. Boy, was this pan a mess, smashed in drain, rusted through, front nose piece hack sawed off. I have too much time into it, but only about $70. I gave $30 for the pan at Bakersfield a few years ago. $15 for the NOS cast nose piece, plus an unknown amount of brazing rod and gasses. And finally, about $5 for paint. Not really pretty, but I think it will work out fine. I also put some hidden inside extra oil distribution. For my '15, I do not want many extras to show, however, I hope to drive it hard and wanted extra oil sent up front.
Now I need to finish getting the engine ready to go on top of the pan! It is getting closer. I was working on final fitting of a couple rods today while the paint dried.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Maybe next month I can manage to work on it more than I have been the past few months.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
I did it again. Just finished an other K&W Master coil. New points, new capacitor, new wiring in the coil and in the box and all cleaned out.
Just missing the data plate, the supports and the latches but they are on there way to Belgium. Tested on the hcct and during a 5 km drive, works well and is ready for service.
Yesterday, I finished giving the '26 her "face", and with that I have completed the chassis restoration. The only change I plan to make is to change out the black headlight rings for Ford script nickel plated ones once I find a good set, and to add a set of engine pans once I pick them up. Oh, and add the hub caps of course.
The bodywork and paint is coming along and will be dropped onto the body as soon as its done.
Here is an updated picture.
First start of the new engine last night.
Bill Dubats crank, full dynamic balance, Stipe 290 cam, Z head... smooth running engine that should be broken in just in time for the Finger Lakes tour!
I think the last day of June was the busiest day of the month for me.
Since I bought this lathe on April 30 it's been sitting in the Suburban because I had no place to put it. For the past week or two I've been cleaning and sorting in the east room of my shop to make space for it, and today I moved it in. I aim to use it to make some Model T parts and tools.
Outside the door you can see a tarp under the Chebby. That was the big job of the day. I had to drop the gas tank to replace the leaking filler hose so I'll be able to use my parts hauling vehicle. This will be a more-than-one-day project.
I spent the evening at the Mennonite Heritage Museum in Goessel http://www.goesselmuseum.com/. The Flatland T's will be assembling their 1926 TT. Steve Robbins is bringing out the generator. Chris Paulsen, Verne Shirk, Jim Cox, and Justin Dalke are inspecting parts.
The cab and bed were sitting on the chassis, unattached.
Setting the bed off the chassis.
Kimberly Shirk took notes on who would be working on what, and made a list of what parts need to be ordered.
Rolling the chassis back into the barn.
Justin, Verne, and Gary Paulsen consult on parts.
Jim, Verne, and Aaron Frazer relax while Steve Robbins plans a September tour.